Can you believe 2015 is halfway over? The first part of the year has been pretty awesome for me -- I went to Hawaii, Dallas and New York City, I saw Florida Georgia Line and Hozier in concert, and I read 38 mostly decent books.
The topic for this week's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is the best books we've read so far in 2015. I kept my list short, with only 5 titles, but they were all fantastic books that I'd fully recommend.
I did notice, compiling this list, that I last read a truly amazing, unforgettable, up-all-night book back in April. I think it's time for another one! Any recommendations? Without further ado, here are my five favorite reads from the first half of 2015.
1. Red Rising (and Golden Son) by Pierce Brown
I absolutely loved the first and second installments of Pierce Brown's Red Rising series. The books are exquisite page-turners and I can't wait for the conclusion of the trilogy in January -- except that then there will be no more books! If you have not yet discovered "Red Rising," I urge you to check it out ASAP!
2. The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
The first book in this series, "The Bone Season," was pretty good, but I was totally hooked by the second installment, "The Mime Order." I spent a handful of days where all I did was eat, work and read this book.
3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I only gave "Ready Player One" four stars because I thought the prose could've been brightened up a bit. But this fantastic story has totally stuck with me and it is definitely one of my favorites. I'm anxiously awaiting Cline's new book, "Armada,' which comes out in a couple weeks.
4. Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre
I read "Fives and Twenty-Fives" as part of my goal to read more military literature, being that I'm an Air Force spouse. I was blown away. It was a beautiful, terrible, amazing read.
5. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
This book takes post-apocalyptic fiction to a different level and I really enjoyed this beautiful, gripping, fun read.